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Help Raise Awareness of International Overdose Awareness Day, National Recovery Month

Beth Hess - Thursday, August 30, 2018

Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, substance use disorders can be successfully managed with proper treatment, yet less than 10% of people in need of treatment receive it.

September, recognized as National Recovery Month, offers an opportunity for each of us to help raise awareness and understanding of substance use disorders.

Last year in Maryland, the number of drug- and alcohol-related intoxication deaths increased for the seventh year in a row, reaching an all-time high of 2,282 deaths. August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. This is also a day to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or experienced permanent injury as a result of drug overdose

Here are substance use resources that you can explore and share.

General resources:

Additional resources for parents, caregivers and loved ones:

Find out about MCF’s free, one-to-one support for anyone who cares for someone with substance use challenges.

Local activities, including vigils, training and rallies, will take place in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month. Connect with MCF’s staff at the following events around the state. For information on additional events throughout the state, click here.

FED-UP RALLY Caroline County  
When: August 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Denton Elementary School, 303 Sharpe Rd., Denton, MD 21629

International Overdose Awareness Day  
When: August 31, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21042

International Overdose Awareness Day Stories of Hope and Candle Light Vigil  
When: August 31, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Glades Park Pavilion, 10 Spruce Lane, Oakland, MD 21550

Cecil County Overdose Awareness Day  
When: August 31, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: North East Community Park, 129 E. Main St. Elkton, MD 21921

Join the Voices for Recovery: Behavioral Health Administration Recovery Month Kick Off Event  
When: September 7, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Spring Grove Hospital Center, Rice Auditorium, 55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, MD 21228

Recovery Fest  
When: September 8, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Where: Farming 4 Hunger, Serenity Farm Road, Benedict, MD 20612

Voices for Recovery  
When: September 8, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Charles County Health Department, 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD 20695

2018 Healthy St. Mary's Partnership Annual Meeting  
When: September 13, 12:30 - 5:00 pm
Where: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619

Trauma Survivor: "Healing Neen"  
When: September 13, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Easton High School Auditorium, 723 Mecklenburg Ave., Easton, MD 21601

Movie Night: “The Anonymous People”  
When: September 14, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: Emory United Methodist Church, 911 Cherry Hill Road, Street, MD 21154

Pathways to Recovery: National Strategies to End Opioid Addiction  
When: September 20, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Where: Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe Street, Bel Air, MD 21014

Community Film Screening: “If Only”  
When: September 24, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: North Caroline High, 10990 River Road, Ridgely, MD 21660

Celebrate Recovery: See Past the Stigma  
When: September 25, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: 2640 Space, 2640 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21217

Say No to Stigma
When: September 25, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Where: Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, 28165 Hills Club Rd, Mechanicsville, MD 20659

Community Film Screening: “If Only”  
When: September 27, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Where: Colonel Richardson High School, 25320 Richardson Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632


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